Kenya - Teaching and Orphan Care
Come explore Kenya's natural beauty while giving back to communities in need! Volunteer with either local schools or orphanages to provide care and education to underprivileged children in Kenya, inspiring them to grow and set attainable goals for their futures.
|Location of Project||Limuru, Kenya|
|Project Length||Min 2 weeks - Max 8 weeks|
|Arrival Airport||Nairobi (Jomo Kenyatta) International Airport|
|Volunteer Work||Teaching English, work with children|
|Number of Participants||Up to 15 international volunteers|
|Age||17 - 80|
|Project costs for 2014||US$1,390 for 2 weeks; and US$350 for each extra week|
|Accommodation||Shared rooms in volunteer house|
|Food||3 meals a day|
|Support||Local in-country team and 24 hour emergency support|
|Airport Transfers||Airport pickup upon arrival and drop-off upon departure|
|Pre-Departure Kit||Full project details will be sent following registration|
|Orientation||All necessary introductions and training will be provided upon arrival|
What's Not Included
Located on the equator and Africa's east coast, Kenya boasts beautiful landscapes, thrilling wildlife, and diverse culture waiting to be explored. Nairobi, Kenya's capital city, is a fast-paced, bustling hot spot for business, politics, and culture.
Located just 30 kilometers north of Nairobi is Limuru, a quiet farm town where this project takes place.
About the Project
Kenya's population is fairly literate for its level of poverty, with a literacy rate of about 85% because of its free primary education system which offers all children in Kenya 8 years of primary schooling. However, higher education is often not pursued because of the cost and high marks required to continue on.
Limuru and its surrounding areas have free public elementary schools for the local children, though they are often under-staffed, under-resourced, and over-crowded. The aim of this project is to provide these schools with bright, enthusiastic, and creative volunteers to support the schools in emphasizing the importance and value of education to the community and children with which our volunteers interact.
Volunteers may also be working in an orphanage, built to support children affected by HIV/AIDS, poverty, physical or emotional abuse, or illness. The children here, ages 4-15, are in dire need of care and affection from the volunteers. Some of the children are developmentally delayed and benefit greatly from the individual attention volunteers are able to provide in regards to promoting development at their own pace.
Volunteer Work and Contribution
On this project, you will be working in orphanages, preschools, and elementary schools, providing support to the struggling systems, as well as to the children who have fallen victim to their difficult circumstances due to extreme poverty, abuse, HIV/AIDS, or other illnesses.
After registration, you will choose either an orphanage placement or a teaching placement.
If you choose a teaching assignment, you will be placed in one classroom for the entirety of your stay. You will be there to assist the teacher of that classroom with each of the daily tasks. Some of your responsibilities may include:
- Teaching subjects such as English, mathematics, hygiene, physical education, art, music, etc.
- Promote creative learning based on full comprehension as opposed to memorization
- Lead lesson plans under the guidance of the head teacher
- Remove smaller groups of children from class who are struggling and teach them the material at a slower pace
- Run an after school reading club
For volunteers working in the orphanages, your duties will be more focused on providing care and comfort for the children who are not yet in school, and helping with after school activities. Your duties and responsibilities may include:
- Helping children with their school work after school and during school vacations
- General chores around the orphanage such as preparing meals, washing dishes, chopping wood, etc.
- Assisting orphanage staff in providing care for the children in regards to general life skills and following development programs for individual children who are delayed.
- Building and maintenance tasks around the orphanage such as painting murals and physical building to expand and improve the orphanage.
- Leading art and sport activities
- Create workshops for the children and staff in basic life skills such as hygiene, nutrition, safety, first aid, courtesies, etc.
You will be working about 8 hours per day, 4 days a week. Fridays are reserved for a group project initiated by the volunteers, or a "Limuru market challenge" planned by the volunteer coordinators to educate volunteers on Kenya's culture and people.
*Please note that this program will close during the holiday period from December 20h 2013 - January 6th 2014
Accommodations: volunteers will be staying in a fully furnished volunteer house on the grounds of the Brackenhurst International Conference Center. Volunteers will be sharing rooms with up to 5 other volunteers at any given time, as well as shared bathrooms with running hot water showers and flushing toilets. The house has two lounge areas with fireplaces and satellite TV. Volunteers can utilize all that the Brackenhurst International Conference Center has to offer such as volleyball and tennis courts, running/walking trails, and 24-hour security services. As this is a Christian facility, no smoking or alcoholic consumption is allowed on the premises.
Food: 3 meals a day are provided. Volunteers will eat breakfast at their own pace and will pack their own lunch. Dinners will be prepared by the volunteer house's chef, but volunteers will be involved in planning out fun and culturally diverse meals for everyone to enjoy each night.
Internet: available on-site
Laundry: service provided two times per week
During your time off, don't forget to explore all that Kenya has to offer, from its spectacular wildlife to endless natural scenery. The on-site coordinators will he happy to help you arrange any extra activities (not included in the cost of the program) you wish to partake in during your Kenya experience.
Take a safari through Kenya's breathtaking Masai Mara Reserve, which boasts the highest wildlife density in the world and is famous for its 1.4 million wildebeest migration (between July and November) as well as its captivating predatory species all year around. A visit to the Masai Mara Reserve is perfect for anyone craving an authentic and thrilling wildlife experience.
Volunteers will also have the option to visit a giraffe sanctuary, elephant orphanage, multiple museums, and cultural shows, all within reasonable travel from the project site and great ways to get to know all the beauty and diversity that this country offers.
- Minimum age 17 years old
- Police background check
- Passion for working with children
- Motivation to work as part of a team